China’s parliament rules out allowing same-sex marriage

21 August 2019, 5:25 PM
Limiting marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman will remain China's legal position, a parliament spokesman said on Wednesday, ruling out following neighbouring Taiwan in allowing same-sex marriage.
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“Farce” – no new start for Britain’s May with reshuffle 9 January 2018, 8:18 PM

A government reshuffle by British Prime Minister Theresa May was dismissed even by some of her allies on Tuesday as a failure that one said left her attempt to reassert her authority in “smoke and wreckage”. One former minister, George Osborne, sacked by May when she came to power in July 2016, led the criticism, […]

Trump pushes to expand high-speed internet in rural America 9 January 2018, 6:34 AM

US President Donald Trump on Monday (January 8) signed executive orders to make it easier for the private sector to locate broadband infrastructure on federal land and buildings, part of a push to expand high-speed internet in rural America.

Pope, in “state of world” speech, urges dialogue in Korea, nuclear ban 8 January 2018, 3:25 PM

Pope Francis, in his annual “state of the world” address called on Monday for all nations to support dialogue to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and to work for a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons. In the speech, Francis also repeated his call for a two-state-solution between Israelis and Palestinians and respect for […]

SAA cancels flights between New York and Johannesburg 7 January 2018, 5:48 PM

South African Airways have cancelled flights between New York and Johannesburg due to the effects of bad weather. A storm that has hit the US has caused congestion at the JFK airport.

N. Korea names delegates for inter-Korean talks 7 January 2018, 9:20 AM

North Korea has named its delegation for a rare high-level meeting with the South this week, the unification ministry in Seoul said Sunday, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cautiously welcomed the talks.

Dalai Lama delivers spiritual teaching in eastern India 6 January 2018, 6:25 PM

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, imparted spiritual lessons on the four noble truths of suffering, cause of suffering, cessation and the way out in India's holy town of Bodh Gaya on Saturday.

North Korea ‘likely’ to join Winter Games: IOC official 6 January 2018, 7:50 AM

North Korea's representative to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Saturday that the reclusive nation was "likely to participate" in next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, Kyodo news agency reported.

Author of Trump book contradicts president, says aides see him as a ‘child’ 5 January 2018, 8:24 PM

The author of a deeply critical book about Donald Trump’s first year in office said on Friday he had spoken with the president while working on it, contradicting Trump’s assertion that he had never talked to the writer for the book and had not authorized any access to the White House. Michael Wolff’s book “Fire […]

China cuts poor population by two thirds 5 January 2018, 6:26 PM

China has reduced poor population by more than two-thirds over the past five years, a senior poverty alleviation official said Friday. “There were 98.99 million Chinese living below the national poverty line at the end of 2012. At the end of 2017, the number was reduced to around 30 million. That means that China lifted […]

National Guard responds to blizzard pounding U.S. Northeast 5 January 2018, 9:59 AM

A powerful blizzard battered the U.S. Northeast on Thursday, knocking out power for tens of thousands of people and snarling travel amid a cold snap that has gripped much of the United States.

Trump says new book on his administration ‘full of lies’ 5 January 2018, 8:36 AM

United States (US) President Donald Trump on Thursday dismissed an upcoming book on his campaign and administration as "full of lies" and invented sources, after unsuccessfully attempting to block its release.

Trump threatens ex-ally Bannon with legal action amid book fallout 4 January 2018, 8:29 PM

US President Donald Trump threatened former chief strategist Steve Bannon with legal action over "defamatory" statements about Trump's son and son-in-law over a meeting with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

EU slams Israel move to approve death sentence 4 January 2018, 5:11 PM

The European Union has slammed Israel move to approve a death sentence on assailants convicted of murder in attacks classified as terrorism.

Mormon church head dies at 90 4 January 2018, 6:21 AM

Thomas Monson, who had headed the Mormon church since 2008, died at age 90 in the US state of Utah, the church announced.

Violent crime rises in Germany and is attributed to refugees 3 January 2018, 5:01 PM

Young male refugees in Germany got the blame on Wednesday for most of a two-year increase in violent crime, adding fuel to the country’s political debate over migrants. Violent crime rose by about 10 percent in 2015 and 2016, a study showed. It attributed more than 90 percent of that to young male refugees. It […]

Iran’s leader blames enemies for deadly unrest 3 January 2018, 7:08 AM

Iran’s supreme leader accused the country’s enemies on Tuesday of being behind days of street unrest, as the death toll from anti-government demonstrations rose to 21.

9 dead in overnight unrest in Iran 2 January 2018, 10:16 AM

Nine people were killed overnight in unrest related to protests in the Isfahan region of central Iran, the state broadcaster reported on Tuesday.

Iranian protesters attack police stations, raise stakes in unrest 2 January 2018, 7:26 AM

Iranian protesters attacked police stations late into the night on Monday, news agency and social media reports said, as security forces struggled to contain the boldest challenge to the clerical leadership since unrest in 2009.

Don’t extinguish hope in migrants’ hearts: Pope 1 January 2018, 5:28 PM

Pope Francis described migrants and refugees as the world's "weakest and most needy" on Monday, using his New Year address to "give voice" to people he has urged leaders to do more to help.

Hong Kong democracy protesters sound warning to China on New Year’s day 1 January 2018, 4:17 PM

After a year that saw democracy advocates in Hong Kong jailed and ousted from public office, thousands marched through the streets of Hong Kong on New Year’s Day to warn China not to meddle further in the city’s affairs and undermine its autonomy. Over the past year, Hong Kong, a former British colony which returned […]

Father and daughter among those dead in NYE Sydney seaplane crash 1 January 2018, 7:09 AM

A father and his 11-year-old daughter were among six people killed in a New Year’s Eve seaplane crash in Australia, police said Monday, with the passengers all British tourists. The plane went down Sunday in the Hawkesbury River near the suburb of Cowan some 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Sydney, as New Year’s revellers […]

Illuminated HKZM Bridge and firework show help construction workers ring in new year 31 December 2017, 6:57 PM

The main parts of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao(HKZM) Bridge were illuminated with colorful lights, helping construction workers ring in the new year on Sunday.

Sydney welcomes 2018 with annual fireworks spectacular 31 December 2017, 6:01 PM

The city of Sydney hosted its annual fireworks spectacular to welcome in the 2018 New Year on Monday (January 1) with the biggest fireworks display the city has ever seen. According to organisers, 3,000 individual lighting effects were choreographed to the fireworks display – 1,000 more effects than last year. During the 12 minute display […]

[Watch] 2017 News Review 31 December 2017, 1:51 PM

2017 was an eventful year in South African and internationally. SABC News compiled highlights of the top local and international  stories of the year. [Watch] 2017 News Review  

Oppressive regimes cannot last forever: Trump 31 December 2017, 11:36 AM

United States President Donald Trump weighed in on protests in Iran for a second straight day, warning that the country's people want change and "oppressive regimes cannot endure forever."

Russian court upholds ban on Navalny running against Putin in 2018 30 December 2017, 3:36 PM

Russia’s Supreme Court on Saturday dismissed an appeal by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny against a decision by the country’s central election commission to bar him from taking part in next year’s presidential election. The commission this week barred Navalny from taking part in the March 18 vote because of a suspended prison sentence he […]

U.S. military to accept transgender recruits 30 December 2017, 7:34 AM

Transgender people will be allowed for the first time to enlist in the U.S. military starting on Monday  as ordered by federal courts, the Pentagon said on Friday after President Donald Trump's administration decided not to appeal rulings that blocked his transgender ban.

Recent clashes in Syria leave 66 dead 29 December 2017, 3:28 PM

Intense fighting killed dozens of people on the edge of the last Syrian province entirely outside government control as aid workers completed a series of medical evacuations from another rebel-held area on Friday.

Liberians hail victory of ex-football star Weah 29 December 2017, 2:54 PM

Liberians on Friday feted former football star George Weah's presidential victory in the country's first democratic transfer of power in seven decades scarred by civil wars, political assassinations and an Ebola crisis.

Dozens of medical cases evacuated in Syria prisoner release deal 29 December 2017, 10:01 AM

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it hoped to resume evacuations of critically ill people from Syria's biggest remaining siege after bringing some individuals out of the area near Damascus on Wednesday.